What to do if you haven’t landed a summer internship

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What to do if you haven’t landed a summer internship

This blog is written by Melinda, our Miami University of Ohio Intern Queen Campus Ambassador.

Even though school isn’t in session, there’s no reason not to stay busy and keep your future in mind. Many college students do this through a summer internship. But what do you do if you didn’t land that internship you were hoping for? Here are some ideas for summer plans if the position didn’t pan out:

  1. Keep trying! In this case, persistence is key. There are new opportunities popping up all the time—just use your resources to find some that fit and apply. Sending resumes out to local companies doesn’t necessarily hurt either. You still may be able to find a position that would be a positive experience and look great on a resume.
  2. Build your resume in other ways. Even if you don’t find an internship in the field of your choice, employers look kindly on most work experiences. Are you serving at an upscale restaurant? That’s perfect for promoting your team work and people skills. Working as a secretary for an office? Talk about how the position taught you to organize and communicate better.
  3. Be productive. The summers where sitting on the couch is encouraged and acceptable are, for the most part, over. If you’re home from college, it’s easy to get into a rut but don’t let it happen! A future employer may ask what you did during your summer off and you want to be able to tell them something. Try reading a non-fiction book related to your future career, volunteering, or taking an interesting local class.